Mildura Weekly : Friday February 27 2015 Vol 9 No 16
NEWS 21 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU THEY’RE at it again...those selfless ‘Kidney for Kids’ walkers raising money, awareness and spirits. For the fourth year running, the group will be walking – from Wen- tworth to Mildura via Merbein – to raise much-needed funds for Kid- ney Health Australia. The instigator is Desley Kelly, a Sunraysia Bus Lines employee who, along with fellow bus lines staffer Tim Blakeney, has raised an esti- mated $70,000 for Kidney Health Australia during the past eight years. To date 30 walkers have signed on for the 2015 effort, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, and Desley is expecting that number to grow. There were 42 walkers last year she revealed, and she is expecting the numbers to keep growing. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to ex- pect about 60 this year, she said. “The walk just keeps getting bigger each year!” Getting under way at 7am, par- ticipants will walk from the Went- worth Wharf to the Gateway Tavern in Mildura, with the goal being to raise $10,000 for Kidney Health Australia, while also raising aware- ness about kidney disease. The walk raised $7000 last year, well in excess of the $6000 target. Desley says she continues to be amazed by the support the walk at- tracts. “When we first started the walk four years ago there were just six of us...so the walk is a concept that has definitely grown,” she said. This year’s target of $10,000 is earmarked, as proceeds have been in the past, for Kidney Health Aus- tralia’s Kidney Kid Camp initiative – which helps children with kidney disease and provides a respite period for parents. “The camps benefit both the chil- dren and the parents,” Desley said. “The camp’s trained staff en- sure the kids have a great time, while the parents get a well-earned rest.” Desley encouraged people to support the walk, either by walk- ing themselves or donating to the cause. “We always have a couple of support vehicles, with water on hand and a mobile home with a toilet,” she said. “We try to make it as comfort- able as possible for everyone tak- ing part...and walkers can always take a rest in one of the support vehicles if the walk becomes a bit too much for them.” Participants are expected to en- joy a cool down and post-walk cel- ebratory drink once they reach the Gateway Tavern around 11.30am. More information about Kid- ney Health Australia is available by visiting www.kidney.org.au. For more information about the Kid- ney for Kids Walk – or to donate to the cause – available by telephon- ing Desley on 0400 694 599. Walk on the mild side for a good cause • NO TRAIN, NO GAIN: Putting their best foot forward training for the upcoming walk are, left to right: Michelle Walker, Jane Welsh, Liz Behsmann, Tim Blakeney, Vicki Wilson, Sue Harrison and Karen Simpson. It is therefore very important to have your child’s eyes examined by an optometrist. When your child has an eye examination and purchases a pair of glasses at Mildura Optical, your child will receive A SECOND PAIR OF GLASSES FREE!* Make an Appointment Today. *Free pair includes select frames & standard single version lenses only. 89 Langtree Ave, Mildura (Next to Tristar) Phone 5023 2419 Kids 2nd Pair Free! at Mildura Optical OVER80%ofyourchild’slearningisVISUAL Your Health, Beauty & Wellness Specialists TATTOO REMOVAL BEFORE AFTER SPECTRUM Q Switched Laser Tattoo Removal at Visible Effects by Qualified Registered Nurses.
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